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Philippe Pozzo di Borgo

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Philippe Pozzo di Borgo
Di Borgo in 2022
Born(1951-02-14)14 February 1951
Died1 June 2023(2023-06-01) (aged 72)
Marrakesh, Morocco
OccupationOwner of Pommery

Philippe Pozzo di Borgo (14 February 1951 – 1 June 2023) was a Corsican French businessman who was the director of Pommery and the owner of the inherited historic hôtel particulier in Paris.


Philippe was the second son of the French duke Pozzo di Borgo and the Marquise de Vogue.[2] The noble family dates back to the 1500s.[3] After completing his education, he began working in the champagne industry. Prior to his job as director of Pommery, Philippe was a manager at Moët and Chandon.[2]

Philippe di Borgo became a quadriplegic in 1993 following a paragliding accident. Because of his disability, he attempted to commit suicide by wrapping an oxygen tube around his neck.[4]

In July 2012, he was appointed a Knight of the Legion of Honour.[5]

Pozzo di Borgo died on 1 June 2023, at the age of 72.[6]

In popular culture[edit]

The story of Philippe and his Algerian attendant, Abdel Sellou, was told in a 2003 documentary, A la vie, à la mort.[7] Their story was also adapted in the biographical movies The Intouchables (2011),[8] and the Indian, Argentine, and American re-makes, respectively, Oopiri (2016), (Spanish article) Inseparables (2016),[9] and The Upside (2017).[10] These movies were based on his 2001 memoir, A Second Wind.[4]


  1. ^ "Biographie Philippe Pozzo di Borgo". 16 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b Rowney, Jo-Anne (8 January 2019). "The Upside true story; a quadriplegic, ex-con and their life changing friendship". mirror. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  3. ^ Chiodaroli, David (28 March 2019). "The Upside: The Movie vs. The True Story". ScreenRant. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b Whalen, Andrew (10 January 2019). "Here's the true story behind 'The Upside,' based on a French memoir". Newsweek. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Decree of 13 July 2012 on promotion and appointment". Légifrance. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2023.
  6. ^ "Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, l'homme qui a inspiré le film « Intouchables », est mort". Le Monde.fr. 2 June 2023.
  7. ^ "A la vie, à la mort". Aspects of French Production. Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  8. ^ "The true story that inspired a box office hit". Archived from The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 6 September 2012.
  9. ^ Meunier, Emilie (6 September 2017). "Remake américain d'Intouchables : Eric Toledano et Olivier Nakache ont vu les premières images... et ils ont été étonnés ! (VIDÉO)" [American remake of Intouchables: Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache saw the first images... and they were amazed! (VIDEO)]. Télé-Loisirs.fr (in French). Yahoo. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston star in The Upside". uk.blastingnews.com. October 2018.